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A question earlier asked for information on the ‘cons’ of neutering his male dog. Several of the answers stated that there were absolutely none. It amazes me that people still insist that are are no negative risks of neutering – the evidence simply does NOT support this one sided view
This is from a study done into over 50 peer reviewed articles on the ‘Long-Term Health Risks and Benefits Associated with Spay / Neuter in Dogs”
“”An objective reading of the veterinary medical literature reveals a complex situation with respect to the longterm health risks and benefits associated with spay/neuter in dogs. The evidence shows that spay/neuter correlates with both positive AND adverse health effects in dogs. It also suggests how much we really do not yet understand about this subject.”
The study goes on to list both positive and negative effects of neutering.
On the positive side, neutering male dogs
• eliminates the small risk (probably <1%) of dying from testicular cancer
• reduces the risk of non-cancerous prostate disorders
• reduces the risk of perianal fistulas
• may possibly reduce the risk of diabetes (data inconclusive)
On the negative side, neutering male dogs
• if done before 1 year of age, significantly increases the risk of osteosarcoma (bone cancer); this is a common cancer in medium/large and larger breeds with a poor prognosis.
• increases the risk of cardiac hemangiosarcoma by a factor of 1.6
• triples the risk of hypothyroidism
• increases the risk of progressive geriatric cognitive impairment
• triples the risk of obesity, a common health problem in dogs with many associated health problems
• quadruples the small risk (<0.6%) of prostate cancer
• doubles the small risk (<1%) of urinary tract cancers
• increases the risk of orthopedic disorders
• increases the risk of adverse reactions to vaccinations
For the people that continue to state that there is absolutely no risk in neutering and that all dogs should be neutered before puberty – where did you get this information and do you have anything to back this up??
*** I’m not advocating that every animal should remain sexually entire but that people acknowledge that there are some long term effects of this surgery. I understand that overpopulation is a major issue but the majority of dog owners ARE responsible enough to prevent an unplanned pregnancy.
I’ve asked this question because, to be honest, I’m sick of getting thumbs down for trying to present both sides of the discussion.
I’m not just talking about the risks of surgery but the long term health effects.
let me expand on this to clear up the misunderstanding – I understand that overpopulation is a major issue but the majority of dog owners ARE responsible enough to prevent an unplanned pregnancy at least until the animal reaches twelve months of age.
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